A renown producer of fine vintage port has opened the doors on a new tasting and production facility, the Graham’s 1890 Lodge. This structure was restored from the original W&J Graham’s port warehouse and tasting room which has served the company for centuries. Today, a museum, tasting room, retail shop and aging facility has been reborn in the original space with a design that reveres the building’s history.
Graham’s 1890 Lodge is a visual case study in rustic renovation. The materials and design characteristics of the new lodge are minimal, but not overly contemporary– they feel at home in a space that has stood for hundreds of years. For a brand that produces a fine, vintage port product, this design philosophy is entirely well placed. It shows that a space can feel clean and minimal while maintaining its rustic charm, one that presents the history of a company that is approaching its 200th birthday.
The Port wine region in Portugal has become a widely visited tourist destination of late, and this design will manage to connect the brand to a new class of wine traveler. The old structure was filled to capacity on busy days, and the new space will extend a wider welcome to the Port buying public in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. [architect: Luis Loureiro + P-06 – Nuno Gusmão photography: Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra via: archdaily]
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